Children’s Hospital Colorado’s 29th Courage Classic Bicycle Tour presented by Prologis raised a record-breaking $3 million to provide lifesaving care and support for the patients and families the hospital is privileged to serve.
With 2,000 participants and 122 teams, the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour, held July 21-22, 2018 at Copper Mountain Resort, is the single largest gathering of people coming together to raise money for Children’s Colorado and honor patients, including kids like 8-year-old Chase.
Born two months premature and in cardiac arrest, Chase overcame numerous medical challenges to learn how to ride a bike and lead his team, the Durango Derailers, across the finish line. The Durango Derailers’ fundraising efforts have resulted in more than $450,000 to support thousands of families – like Chase’s – with lodging, food and transportation costs as they travel from southern Colorado to get the care their children need.
“Everyone who participates in Courage Classic – riders, fundraisers, donors, volunteers and sponsors – are driven by a compelling need to make a difference in the lives of children and their families,” said Cary Larger, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation community fundraising senior vice president. “Together, through this event, we are building a community and creating a brighter future for all children, one pedal, one mountain pass, one donation at a time. Every dollar these cyclists raise goes toward this incredible mission and provides critical resources for kids.”
This year, nearly 250 medical staff and Children’s Colorado team members participated in the event, in addition to nearly 300 patients, former patients and their family members. Courage Classic is supported by more than 300 community volunteers and nearly 50 generous sponsors.
This year’s top fundraising team was the Wheels of Justice, with nearly $391,000 raised by 214 riders, benefiting the Children’s Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation Trustee Peter Culshaw raised more than $59,000, making him the top individual fundraising rider for the second year in a row. Culshaw has participated in the Courage Classic every year since 1999.
Other top fundraising teams included presenting sponsor, Prologis, Summits for Samantha/Team Epsilon, Cardiac Climbers and The Gene Team. Additional top individual fundraisers were Rick Simms, Children’s Colorado Chief Medical and Patient Safety Officer Dr. Daniel Hyman, Children’s Colorado Foundation staff member Anne Hanson, and Prologis Vice President of IT Global Infrastructure Don Dawson.
Photos from this year’s tour can be found on the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation’s Facebook page in the Courage Classic 2018 album.
Next year’s Courage Classic presented by Prologis will mark the 30th tour and will take place at Copper Mountain Resort on July 20-21, 2019.